Read the full review here.
“Could such an early-release title for the young system’s cycle actually live up to its arcade-cabinet origins? ”
– from the full review, which you can read here.
There are several other basketball games on the NES and, in my humble opinion, Double Dribble stands somewhere in the middle; or, to be generous, nearly the best but definitely not the best. The actual gameplay is not as broken as some (hello there, Magic Johnson’s Fast Break), but it also lacks any distinctive gimmick to provide a unique fun factor (‘sup Arch Rivals). Overall, Double Dribble is a competent, if not spectacular, basketball sim. Have fun being the Chicago Generic Team and doing little else but stealing and dunking.
Gameplay Tips for Double Dribble (NES): Seriously, just steal and dunk. On defense, switch to someone between the ball-handler and the rim, meet the ball-handler, steal the ball. Pass up court until you can throw down a jam. Lather, rinse, repeat. That really is the best strategy. Remember, the computer almost always hits their jump shots. It is ridiculous. Also, you can miss a dunk occasionally, so be ready to grab the rebound and try again. Perhaps the funniest, most memorable parts of the game is when you miss two or three in a row in hilarious fashion.